The trick or treating is over, but that big bowl of candy is just sitting there, waiting to be devoured. But you can't eat it all at once. Well, you can but you don't want to. So what do you do?

When you live at or near the Jersey Shore, you're always thinking about bathing suit season, so you may want to eat a little candy now and save the rest. It might be the same amount of calories, but it somehow feels better that way.

So how long is that mountain of candy good for? We checked with stilltasty.com and got some answers. Here's how long most of the candy in that big orange pumpkin bowl is good for.

Believe it or not, the candy that will last the longest (except for hard candy which is good for years) is the chocolate covered candy bar which is good for 10-12 months. Up next is gum or jelly beans which will stay fresh for 8 to 10 months.

The candy corn, peanut butter cups, and caramels will only make it 6 to 9 months, so we better start working on them quickly, although I find it hard to believe a peanut butter cup has ever lasted that long unless it fell behind the couch or under the seat in the car.

The website does say these times are based on quality and the candies would most likely be safe to consume beyond those time frames if they were stored properly and the packaging wasn't damaged.

So, there's no need to worry about Halloween season coming and going too quickly. The candy will still be good well into bathing suit season!

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